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Definition 1: markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where defective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • defective speech

(defective is similar to ...) not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm

"abnormal powers of concentration" "abnormal amounts of rain" "abnormal circumstances" "an abnormal interest in food"

Definition 2: having a defect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where defective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I returned the appliance because it was defective

Synonyms for defective in the sense of this definition

(defective is similar to ...) not perfect; defective or inadequate

"had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities" "imperfect mortals" "drainage here is imperfect"

Definition 3: not working properly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where defective or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bad telephone connection
  • a defective appliance

Synonyms for defective in the sense of this definition

(defective is similar to ...) not performing or able to perform its regular function

"a malfunctioning valve"

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